MSC Seaside, the global brand’s 14th ship in the fleet, has just been officially named in a star-studded ceremony in Miami.
Sophia Loren, international screen legend and Godmother for all MSC Cruises’ ships, was at hand to christen the 5,179-passenger vessel.
Loren cut the ribbon, triggering the release of a bottle of Champagne, which smashed against the hull, officially naming MSC Seaside before a magnificent fireworks ceremony.
Celebrated and well-known superstars Ricky Martin and Andrea Bocelli joined a host of special guests, Miami authority figures, travel industry partners at the ceremony in PortMiami to celebrate Seaside, the ship that follows the sun.
Miami football legend and Hall of Fame quarterback, Dan Marino, made a guest appearance alongside other names at the event.
“Three years ago we announced the construction of this beautiful ship, a cruise ship like no other,” Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, told the crowd.
“A ship inspired by Miami’s iconic lifestyle and architecture … a ship that would make heads turn.”
Miami will be the year-round home for MSC Seaside as it sails alternating week-long Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises, and it is the first vessel the line has designed specifically for the North American market.
“This has been an incredible journey,” Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Cruises said. “We are here to celebrate the naming of a ship that has been designed for this city. It has taken a lot of effort and vision to get where we are tonight.”
Vago continued: “MSC Seaside has been designed to spearhead the next phase of our growth in North America, a cornerstone of our global strategy. The will be one of three MSC Cruises ships to homeport in Miami.”
MSC Seaside now joins MSC Divina, which already sails part of the year from Miami and in 2019, the two ships will be joined by MSC’s largest ship, Meraviglia.
The second in the next-generation Seaside class is MSC Seaview, currently under construction at Fincantieri and is slated to launch in 2018. Both vessels seek to bring passengers closer to the sea with more open deck space per passenger.
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